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by RobC
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Haunted Beebs on TV: The Vertical Plane / Out Of This World
Replies: 11
Views: 262

Re: Haunted Beebs on TV: The Vertical Plane / Out Of This World

This has come up on here before... I loved the bit in the Carol Vorderman show where they do some linguistic analysis on the messages and on the book and find them to be extremely similar :) Doing a bit of googling, it seems that a guy called Gary Rowe did some investigating at the time and was told...
by RobC
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 575
Views: 46437

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

sbadger wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:23 am
that's the old version of galaforce in the pack, there is a newer one with nula loading screen in the thread.
Ah - sorry I missed that (and it's a great loading screen too!). I've now updated the pack to include the latest version.

It's available under the same link.

Thanks,

Rob
by RobC
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Atomwide A5000 8MB
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Atomwide A5000 8MB

But I found the memc is not socketed on my A5000 and there are still the two unidentified IC's... I think it may only be socketed on the later Alpha/33MHz version. I'm pretty sure Steve is right and the unidentified ICs on the Atomwide board are PALs/GALs. So, it'll be a matter of tracing the signa...
by RobC
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Atomwide A5000 8MB
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Atomwide A5000 8MB

You can get certain types of PLCC plug from RS (search Winslow PLCC - they're not cheap) but I've not been able to find a supplier for this type. I suspect it should be possible to work out the PLD equations - there's a bit of relevant info here . I've got a few A5000 8MB expansison but no working A...
by RobC
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: general
Topic: How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?
Replies: 22
Views: 733

Re: How far gone must a BBC be to be unfixable?

Even now I'm not sure of the full extent of damage yet, but so far repaired about 30 tracks! [...] I've learnt so much about the circuitry of the A3010 in the process, and every little improvement in function feels so rewarding! I'll get there one day :) I have an A5000 board under repair like that...
by RobC
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Multi-purpose podule with a Raspberry Pi
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Multi-purpose podule with a Raspberry Pi

I think the idea with PiPod is to use VNC to have the RiscPC desktop appear on the Pi under RO5. I suppose it fulfils a purpose for those who still want to use their RiscPCs but also want HDMI, USB etc.
by RobC
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: RPC Network setup
Replies: 7
Views: 148

Re: RPC Network setup

Which network cards have you tried? If you do F12 and *podules, do you see them report as expected?
by RobC
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 575
Views: 46437

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

I've tried to put the demos and modded games in the support pack but it needs updating as it's missing Frogger and a couple of other demos. I've finally got round to updating the support pack. I've included the MMC compatible versions of the Bitshifters gallery demos, the updated Spectrum emulator ...
by RobC
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

Great idea =D>

Are you using MICAD to drive the plotter?
by RobC
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: software
Topic: Black Angel
Replies: 31
Views: 1607

Re: Black Angel

sirbod wrote:
Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:32 pm
And do they exist? I can't believe you're expected to fly for 40 mins to get to the first destination.
The thread would seem to imply that flying between systems is allowed but not the default means of travel. Unfortunately, it's years since I've played it and I can't remember the details.
by RobC
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

flaxcottage wrote:
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:38 pm
Unfortunately the A3 one will not drive the A4 plotter properly. :(
That's a shame. I wonder if anyone has the Bitstik multi-plotter driver software? The case is on sale on eBay at the moment.

Also, does anyone have MiCAD which is supposed to support the Plotmate?
by RobC
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: upcoming and recent events & exhibitions
Topic: Wakefield RISC OS show 21st April 2018
Replies: 63
Views: 3304

Re: Wakefield RISC OS show 21st April 2018

Glad they turned up Dave =D>
by RobC
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 112
Views: 4894

Re: Prince of Persia

Just received the latest edition of Retro Gamer in the post and PoP gets a very positive (if a tad brief) review in the homebrew section :D =D>
by RobC
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: PLOTMATE A4 software
Replies: 9
Views: 206

Re: PLOTMATE A4 software

There's some software here - I'm not sure what it contains but there's a ROM image which may be the same as the one Matt just posted: http://archive.retro-kit.co.uk/bbc.nvg.org/sw/hardware/ There's also this recent thread: https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15125 [I must have been bid...
by RobC
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: projects
Topic: Make your own bible story
Replies: 3
Views: 175

Re: Make your own bible story

Either we haven't found them, or maybe Christians didn't cotton on to computers till later. There were definitely some titles BITD - a friend of mine had some for his Electron (which I'm pretty sure were also Beeb compatible). There was also a Christian Acorn users group but I don't recall seeing o...
by RobC
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:37 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Watford IDE podule and partitions
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Watford IDE podule and partitions

Thanks Ian - I strongly suspect that is the card being used.
by RobC
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Watford IDE podule and partitions
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Watford IDE podule and partitions

Someone (who's not on here) has asked me for some advice on partitioning a CF card running on what I think is a Watford IDE mini-podule (from a picture, it looks like a later version of this ). Has anyone been able to partition a drive under one of these? Unfortunately, I don't have one although I d...
by RobC
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Difference between Torch z80, 6502 and Arm second processors ( beebem)
Replies: 5
Views: 229

Re: Difference between Torch z80, 6502 and Arm second processors ( beebem)

pcbbc wrote:
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:23 am
Don't know about the ARM...
Versions of BBC BASIC are available for the original ARM evaluation system, the Sprow ARMTDMI and the native ARM core on the Pi core.

There are loads of other languages available for the ARM co-pro (and for the 32016 too).
by RobC
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: software
Topic: Black Angel
Replies: 31
Views: 1607

Re: Black Angel

There's a mention of "stargates" in this Icon Bar thread about Gordon Key (including some interesting posts from the man himself)... Unfortunately, although I bought a copy of Black Angel at some point (I think at a post-1998 Acorn/RISC OS show), I've never really played it and the manual is long go...
by RobC
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 575
Views: 46437

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

Elminster wrote:
Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:05 am
We need the videonula prince or persea
That would be awesome!

I have another demo/project on the go but it's in the very early stages. Feel free to PM me if you want more details :wink:
by RobC
Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 575
Views: 46437

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

Just to add to tricky's summary, I've modded Killer Gorilla, Hunchback and Dare Devil Denis to use 16 colours. Stewart (sbadger) modded Galaforce.

I've tried to put the demos and modded games in the support pack but it needs updating as it's missing Frogger and a couple of other demos.
by RobC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1
Replies: 62
Views: 17982

Re: Formatting SD/CF cards for use on RISC OS 3.1

Whereabouts are you? Maybe someone on here can help by loaning you some kit?
by RobC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: VideoNuLA boards
Replies: 45
Views: 7775

Re: VideoNuLA boards

does it have vertical and horizontal scrolling It adds single pixel horizontal scrolling in the highest resolution modes 0 & 3. This means you can do 1/2 pixel scrolling in modes 1 & 4 and 1/4 pixel scrolling in modes 2 & 5 (as used in my Shadow of the Beast demo ). It doesn't add any vertical scro...
by RobC
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!

Elminster wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:28 pm
Have you tried running flex on Electron? Might be fun as mine has gosdc and pitube plugged in.
Not yet. I do have an ATI and have had Panos running on it - just need to write a FLEX disk for the Plus 3.
by RobC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:55 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!

The 6809, real, pitube or other should run UniFLEX, also my SWTPC 6800 doesn’t. I was interested in porting UniFLEX at one point but wasn't been able to find out very much about it. Something akin to the FLEX Adaptation Guide would be ideal. I remember joining the fufu list but need to see what hap...
by RobC
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!
Replies: 7
Views: 218

Re: Adopt Startdot for SWTPC!

Great stuff - I know that a few of us on here are also on the FUFU mailing list.

And for those who own a Pi or matchbox co-pro, you can even run FLEX on your Acorn...
by RobC
Thu May 31, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!
Replies: 19
Views: 1106

Re: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!

How much would it cost to have you make up one that's ready to plug and play? Happy to do it for cost - I think the level shifter and sd card come to around £24, the Pi zero is a fiver and the header and cable are a few quid (assuming this is for a model B/B+ rather than a Master). So, comes to abo...
by RobC
Thu May 31, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 575
Views: 46437

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

Is there a limited supply so I should buy one now, or are they likely to be reasonably easily available for the foreseeable? The short answer is that there's no rush. Based on the last few months, I probably have enough boards to last for a couple of months but I'm not sure whether I'll place anoth...
by RobC
Wed May 30, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours
Replies: 575
Views: 46437

Re: Palettemate / enhanced video ULA with 4096 colours

You can download the support pack (including manual) from this Dropbox link.
by RobC
Wed May 30, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!
Replies: 19
Views: 1106

Re: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!

Just to note, that you don't need any special ROMs to run a standard 6502 coprocessor. Don't you need DNFS or a DFS with the Tube code in it if you haven't got one already fitted? If you want a Pi co-pro, I'm happy to help. The easiest thing to do is to buy the level shifter and SD card from Kjell ...